Kick-off: 1730, 20/02/2021
TV: Sky Sports
Liverpool will hope to take the momentum from their midweek Champions League win into the Merseyside derby as they look to stop the rot in the Premier League.
The defending champions have slipped out of the top four after a run of three straight defeats but Tuesday’s 2-0 win against RB Leipzig in Budapest should at least have boosted confidence.
This looks the perfect fixture for the Reds to get back on track domestically and a home win by more than one goal at 6/5 is our top Liverpool vs Everton prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Three successive Premier League defeats have led to manager Jurgen Klopp conceding their title defence is over but the midweek victory highlighted what they are still capable of.
Mohamed Salah latched on to a woeful back pass by Marcel Sabitzer to slot home in the 53rd minute and Sadio Mane did likewise five minutes later after Nordi Mukiele’s slip-up.
Dani Olmo headed against a post for Leipzig and substitute Hwang Hee-chan put wide late on but a makeshift Liverpool defence low on confidence kept only the team’s second clean sheet in their last 11 matches against a side that reached the Champions League semi-finals last term.
“We are not children anymore, so we don’t think everything is fine because we won one game,” said Klopp. “It is much more important that we played good football again and not for the first time in the last few weeks.
“I understand and respect that nobody is really happy with the results but the football we played in dominating (Manchester) City in a way that doesn’t happen often, it was the same against Leicester, we should not forget that.
“Here, the result came with it. We kept a clean sheet, we scored two goals, we forced the opponent to make the mistakes we made in the last few weeks.”
Salah’s effort against RB Leipzig made it 24 goals in all competitions so far in 2020-21 – one more than his final total for last term – and the Egyptian can be backed to score in a home win at 19/20 in the Liverpool vs Everton odds.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Kabak, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Henderson, Jones, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
It has been a bad few weeks in the Premier League for both of these city rivals with Everton winning just one of their last six games.
The 2-0 weekend defeat by Fulham was followed by a 3-1 loss against Manchester City on Wednesday, which gave us a clean sweep of three winning betting tips including 10/1 on the correct score in our match preview!
The Toffees have not kept a clean sheet since the 1-0 win at Sheffield United on Boxing Day but after the City defeat, boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “We have to prepare for the next game. It is a great opportunity.
“We don’t need to have regrets about (losing to City), the regrets were against Fulham.
“We have to try to get points on Saturday. The derby is a special game. We know how important it is for our supporters.”
Liverpool look worthy favourites, though, and with these being the two worst defences in the top half of the Premier League, a 3-1 home win at 10/1 is the last of our Liverpool vs Everton betting tips.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Mina, Godfrey, Sigurdsson, Doucoure, Davies, Richarlison, Iwobi.
RB Leipzig 0-2 LIVERPOOL – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane
EVERTON 1-3 Man City – Richarlison
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